'Who did you say you were again?': Our fave on-screen imposters
January 17th, 2013
03:04 PM ET

'Who did you say you were again?': Our fave on-screen imposters

As the story of Manti Te'o's convoluted romantic life unfolded, a lot of us were immediately reminded of "Catfish" - the 2010 documentary about a guy whose online crush wasn't who he believed her to be.

That documentary has spun off into a pretty popular MTV reality show of the same name, with star of the doc, Nev Schulman, helping others assess whether their online-only romances pass muster in the real world.

While the Internet's made it easier to come across someone pretending to be someone they're not, the imposter is a popular character on the big screen.

Movies featuring duplicitous subjects run the gamut from animated classics like "Aladdin" and "Mulan," in which the heroes both try on new personalities in order to accomplish their missions, to comedies like Robin Williams' "Mrs. Doubtfire," Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America," Jack Black's "School of Rock" or Drew Barrymore's "Never Been Kissed."

But our three favorites listed here are of the con variety. Refresh your memories with the trailers below, and then tell us what your favorite on-screen imposters are in the comments.

1. "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999)

Matt Damon stars as Tom Ripley, a sociopath with a knack for impersonating people who decides to use his "talent" to his advantage while in Italy in the mid-'50s.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Rn0BpBVgA&w=560&h=315%5D

2. "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993)

In one of his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"-era roles, Will Smith plays a con artist whose cultural knowledge and charm - and, of course, supposed familial connection to Sidney Poitier - allows him access to the Upper East Side.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT5LgIByDnA&w=560&h=315%5D

3. "Catch Me If You Can" (2002)

Based on the story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., Leo DiCaprio stars as the youthful skilled forager who manages to pull off impersonating an airline pilot, lawyer and doctor.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFj3OXVL_wQ&w=560&h=315%5D

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. jennifer

    DiCaprio played a FORGER...he was not out foraging for leaves, etc. Wow and I have not even finished college and I know the difference.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Millionaire

    dats u bozz mking fn of m–goz to call j..k?

    January 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doesn'tCare--

    calling Michael J. - get the idea right?

    January 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. do not comment anymore

    there is only 1 here and its that one...789

    January 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. truthfully

    matt damon is a great actor and i truly am a fan of his–he's the cutest thing ever but he needs more material to get
    production going.

    love too matt!

    January 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rolling home to what

    gaga? hahahaha

    January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The pickle was delicious...


    January 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hacked in at 1:40pm


    January 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Ripley screwed up production...

    no money.

    January 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Continued Loss of Production

    your call m

    January 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brainwashed.

    i feel so bad for you grey

    January 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 1:40pm hack in...

    no entrance guys

    January 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sorry

    it was caught already....

    January 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charleze

    For me it's a toss up between Ripley and Catch Me. I loved them both. I think, bottom line, I'd have to vote for Ripley. Well acted, well scripted and Matt Damon was incredible.

    January 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. maggiemay

    nobody is looking anymore...dats a dun deel...

    do they have cheeseburgers there?

    January 21, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. HillBilly

    "Catch Me If You Can" great flick.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. Matt Damon...

    be professional go see the movie..hand off too negative press.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  18. Fantasy Hunk

    matt damon look sooooo cute while madonna was heading to her event...

    January 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Max

    Really? DiCaprio played a "skilled forager?" I don't remember that. In the version I saw in the theater all scenes of foraging must have been cut. Way to go with the proofing CNN.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rick

    Peter Sellers. Enough said.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. lkjkjljklkjljkllkjlkjlkjlkjlkjjkljk;;kj;j

    Could you, would you, with a goat?

    January 20, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. empresstrudy

    Daniel Day Lewis played Obama in "Lincoln". That was excellent.

    January 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BIG SHOW




    January 19, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. attempting to erase my script yesterday

    i'm done with this evil human being...

    January 19, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  25. that was indimidating..

    vermont anyone?

    January 19, 2013 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  26. Ovarian smasher

    truth be known these days i would love to impersonate sophia vergaras panties bra or bicycle seat! euen if she doesnt ride a bike just knowing that i may get have that opportunity would give me hope and optimism!

    January 18, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  27. Enoch100

    I like cookies.

    January 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Daniel

    I loved the talented mr. ripley. I remember seeing it at the movie, and perhaps it's because I was depressed at the moment, but I remember that feeling of wanting to be someone else. However, many years later, I wouldn't trade that for the world. Good movie. I shall watch it again soon!

    January 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. San Jose

    Leo can pretend to be whoever he wants!!! HOT

    January 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  30. 1st!

    : )

    January 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

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